Former Australian rugby union star Nick Cummins is set to win hearts on The Bachelor Australia (premiering on Bravo August 21 at 8.30pm). But before he starts handing out roses, here are a few key facts you should know about the man they call “The Honey Badger”.
1. His nickname comes from his favourite animal.
Nick earned his “Honey Badger” nickname after detailing his love for the small but mighty critter in 2012.
“I saw the honey badger and became fascinated. It is just so aggressive and will never say die,” he told Fairfax Media. “One of the stories which inspired me is that it is documented that a honey badger killed a male lion in a one-on-one battle.
And he brought those traits to the rugby field.
“I just like that aggression, and try to get into the mindset of the honey badger when going into contact during a game,” he said. “There’s no doubt, there’s no fear.”
2. He left the Wallabies and the Western Force to take care of his family.
Nick and his seven siblings were raised by their single dad outside Brisbane. At a young age, two of his younger siblings were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, and his father was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2013.
So, despite having always dreamed of playing for the Wallabies and Australia Rugby Union, Nick walked away from it all in 2014 to earn more money for his family playing with a club team in Japan.
“Playing for the Wallabies is a massive thing, and it’s something you dream about for so long, and when it finally happens, all the emotions that come through — to give that up, yeah, it’s a no-brainer, when it comes to family and that sort of thing,” he told HuffPost.
“With Japan, offering three times more loot than Australia is, you’d be mad not to.”
3. He’s the face of several major brands.
From Head & Shoulders to Volkswagen to TRADIE Underwear & Workwear, Nick has had his famous face (and body!) at the front of huge campaigns.
4. He’s a bestselling author.
Nick’s first book, Tales of The Honey Badger, topped Australia’s sports and humour book charts in 2015, and he released a sequel called The Adventures of The Honey Badger the following year. Both books were filled with his signature “Cummins-isms” (Some classics: “Tough as woodpecker lips”; “Going off like a cut snake”.)
5. His sense of humour helps him through tough times.
Nick is known for his larrikin humour and iconic colloquialisms, and he used that spirit to help him cope with his dad’s cancer diagnosis.
“It’s the best way,” he told HuffPost in 2016. “You can sit there and cry about it and if everyone’s crying, it gets into a big spiral of, you know, Kleenex boxes being emptied and the whole bit,” he said.
“If there’s a way you can bring humour into a time that’s tough…It stops the rest of the family from worrying so much, and just sort of lifts the nose up a bit, you know? Gets us back on track.”